Mike Smith’s heart is fine after more tests

FLOWERY BRANCH — Falcons coach Mike Smith went through additional health testing on Friday and announced that his heart is in fine condition, but did not reveal the discovered ailment. 

“I want to be as transparent as I can be,” Smith said on Monday. “I did have a follow-up appointment and follow-up testing on Friday. The follow-up appointment revealed the cause of the problem that I was having in Charlotte. I want to tell you that it’s not my heart. My heart is fine. I am fine.

“The doctors have devised a medical plan to deal with the issues and I can assure you again, it’s not my heart. I am fine and I want to talk about the football team.”

After the Charlotte incident, Smith said he may have to make some lifestyle changes.

“It will not be anything that affects how I coach the football team,” Smith said. “I just want it to come to a conclusion. The testing and such that took place on Friday, we’ve got a way to deal with it and we’ll move forward with that.”

–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog

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12 comments Add your comment


December 19th, 2011
3:44 pm

Hopefully Mike Smith’s health won’t be newsworthy again, anytime soon!


December 19th, 2011
3:44 pm

Something tells me this team is going to play for Mike Smith.

This team seems to have found their swagger, their focus. They seem mad, they seem confident, and they seem to be ready to roll. We’ll see.

Michael M.

December 19th, 2011
3:46 pm

Glad to hear the Good News about Coach Smitty


December 19th, 2011
4:09 pm

This team won ten games in a row last year.let’s see if they can go on a run like that again this year


December 19th, 2011
4:29 pm

Thanks for the update, Mr. Ledbetter. Hope Mike Smith takes good care of himself; it’s a tough job with extremely high expectations.


December 19th, 2011
4:57 pm

glad to hear- Orlando- how’s your shvance?

Falcons Fan

December 19th, 2011
5:18 pm

Excellent news about Coach Smith and dol actually wrote about the Falcons. It’s a Christmas miracle.


December 19th, 2011
6:38 pm

This team already plays very hard for coach Smith I think this is going to make them even stronger, Go Falcons!!


December 19th, 2011
8:44 pm

i like our chances. it all comes together at the right time. i would like to see a bit more off #22 a good change of pace he hit the hole quick. turner runs hard but slow as of late.


December 20th, 2011
3:33 pm

When you get the chance, please tell Smitty to take up yoga. It does wonders for stress management and overall wellness!

Dr. Warren

December 21st, 2011
4:30 am

Sounds like acid reflux. Smitty is gonna have to lay off the chicken planks from Hardee’s.

Gregory D

December 22nd, 2011
7:25 am

Amen. Good to hear the Coach is fine.